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Living Wage

The lowest wage necessary for a person to be able to provide himself/herself with food, clothing and shelter. A living wage varies from place to place depending on an area's cost of living. A living wage may also bear only a rough resemblance to the minimum wage, which is the lowest wage a company may offer legally. Some jurisdictions, however, have mandated a living wage as the local minimum wage.
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The findings come as the Living Wage Foundation has set a new rate of PS7.
We have the wrong kind of recovery with the wrong kind of jobs - we need to create far more living wage jobs, with decent hours and permanent contracts.
The Living Wage is due to rise this week from its present level of PS8.
The living wage initiative differs in a number of ways from the labour movement's traditional demand to increase the minimum wage.
We say, yes, the community needs low-priced goods and high wages, but the community needs living wage jobs and healthcare.
Living wages are still relatively new, and information on the policy's various effects is just beginning to come in.
In developing its contract requirements, the county looked at other agencies that had already issued bids for services that included living wages.
The demand for a living wage is even beginning to spread to state and federal governments and, beyond the public sector, to employees of universities and religious bodies.
For example, the authors argue at length that because only a fraction of the work force in the firms affected by living wage proposals will be affected, total costs will be increased by only 1 or 2 percent--and that as a result, not only will there be no significant reduction in employment, but the extra cost will be absorbed out of profits rather than passed on in higher prices.
Without intending to, we have (city-contracted) custodians in Bradley Terminal covered by living wage and (airline-hired) custodians in the United Terminal who are not covered,'' said Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg.
However, neither the federal welfare legislation signed into law last year nor the state budget proposed this month guarantees that living wage jobs will be available to those current welfare recipients who now must seek employment, or to those legal residents and citizens who will no longer qualify for benefits.
Cardiff University and Plaid Cymru are among the latest Welsh organisations to seek accreditation as living wage employers.